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Perfect Products
Lactalex: Your Back Soreness SolutionPerfProducts 

Frustrating for you and painful for your horse, reoccurring back soreness is challenging to treat due to the difficulty of pinpointing the cause.


Steps toward a diagnosis should always include consulting your veterinarian, the saddle-fitter and the farrier to eliminate potential causes such as bone disorders (i.e. "kissing spine"), poor saddle fit or imbalanced shoeing.


Fortunately muscle stiffness is the most frequent cause of back soreness, and may be alleviated by simply addressing your horse's overall muscle health. Lactalex, the leading muscle support formula from Perfect Products (the makers of Perfect Prep), may be used as both a diagnostic tool and a treatment solution for sore backs.

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USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Stable Challenge Opens June 15!StableChallenge

Does your barn have what it takes? Encourage your students (junior and amateurs!) to sign up to participate in the 2015 HQC Stable Challenge, presented by The Plaid Horse, demonstrate their horsemanship knowledge, and you could win a trainer inspired prize package!


The 30-day challenge will run from June 15 to July 15 and is open to junior and adult amateur riders. At least three students per trainer must register and complete the online quiz for their trainer* to be eligible for a unique trainer inspired award package with gifts from, Shapley's, Perfect Products, Rood & Riddle, The Plaid Horse, Standlee and Professional's Choice. At the end of the 30-day challenge, the three top scores under each trainer will be averaged to provide an overall score and the highest scoring trainer per zone wins the coveted prize! 


2014 Stable Challenge winner Elizabeth Evans of California

In addition, those who take the Level One and Level Two HQC quizzes will receive 10 bonus points for each level, which will be added to their Stable Challenge score. In the event of a tie a fourth score will be added to the average. Students can register by going to


For additional information or questions please contact Jill Insko via email or by calling (859) 225-6716.



* Trainers, coaches and riding instructors must be current USHJA members and be declared professional with USEF.

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Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
Clinical Use of MRI: What the Client Needs to KnowRR
Rood and Riddle

Katherine S. Garrett DVM, DACVS


The availability of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has increased greatly over the past ten years. This has led to tremendous advances in our ability to make more accurate and/or specific diagnoses in a variety of body regions. In some cases, it is required to make an accurate diagnosis. However, it is important for horse owners and trainers to understand that not all MRI scanners are created equal. There are major differences between scanners that can have significant impacts on the diagnostic ability of the scan. 


There are multiple types of MRI scanners on the market currently. High-field (1-1.5 Tesla) scanners were the first to come into clinical use for the horse. High-field scanners require general anesthesia. However, they allow for higher resolution images, a greater number of images of a given region, larger areas that can be imaged, and faster scan times. Low-field (typically 0.3 Tesla) scanners are available in both recumbent and standing designs. The recumbent design requires general anesthesia while the standing design can be used in the standing, sedated horse or can be rotated for use on an anesthetized horse. Low-field scanners have lower-resolution images, fewer images per region, smaller areas that can be imaged, and longer scan times. The standing design is also prone to artifacts from motion (leading to non-diagnostic images), which worsen as the scan region moves up the limb from the foot. 


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Ch/AA Jumper Regional Championships Qualifying Periods Ending! Apply To Qualify!ChAAJumper

Qualifying periods for the 2015 Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships are coming to an end! Don't miss the chance for your clients to participate in this exciting event, which offers great team competition with an introduction to the Nations Cup format, by having them apply by your region's application due date. Applications are used to determine eligibility only; there is no commitment to attend.


See where your clients and students stand by checking the appropriate qualifying list. Only those who apply can qualify.

The Championships are held across four regions and are planned for this year as follows:


South Region 
(Zones 3 and 4)
July 1-5, 2015
Tryon Summer 2
Tryon, NC

Application Due Date:May 18, 2015 

Qualifying Period:
August 25, 2014-May 18, 2015 

Central Region 
(Zones 6, 7 and 8)

July 15-19, 2015
Summer in the Rockies VI Parker, CO

Application Due Date: 
June 1, 2015
Qualifying Period:
August 4, 2014-June 1, 2015
North Region

 (Zones 1, 2 and 5)

September 2-6, 2015
Showplace Fall Classic
Wayne, IL

Application Due Date: 
July 20, 2015

Qualifying Period: 
September 7, 2014-July 20, 2015

West Region

 (Zones 9, 10, 11 and 12)

September 9-13, 2015

Blenheim Fall Tournament

San Juan Capistrano, CA
Application Due Date: 
July 27, 2015

Qualifying Period: 

September 29, 2014-July 27, 2015



For more information about the Championships or to apply, visit:


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Pre-Green Incentive Program Enrollment Increases on June 2; Enroll Soon!PGIPPGIC
2014 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Champion Scott Stewart aboard Remarkable. Photo Credit: Shawn McMillen Photography

Enrollment for the 2015 Pre-Green Incentive Program increases to $750 on June 2, so don't miss your chance to enroll your horse for $550 before the price goes up! Enrollment makes your horse eligible for Pre-Green Stake classes across the country, as well as the Pre-Green Incentive Championship.

The USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship, which consists of three rounds of competition, will celebrate its third anniversary at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, August 11-13, 2015. All entries intending to compete in the 2015 Championship must be entered no later than July 22, 2015, and enrolled horses must compete in a minimum of two USHJA Pre-Green Stake classes at competitions starting between December 1, 2013, and August 5, 2015. The 2014 Championship enjoyed a 22 percent increase in participation over the prior year with 131 horses competing for the title of USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Champion. The Championship prize money topped $186,000 in 2014, and once again 65 percent of annual enrollment fees and 50 percent of the entry fees make up the total prize money.


Visit for more information and to enroll your horse today!


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International Hunter Derby Program Enrollment Increases on June 2; Enroll Soon!IHD

Enrollment for the 2015 International Hunter Derby Program increases to $750 on June 2, so don't miss your chance to enroll your horse for $550 before the price goes up!

Enrollment makes your horse eligible for regional and national money won tracking lists, 
and regional award winners take home additional prize money! Did you know that on top of prize money earned in International Hunter Derby classes last year's first place regional series winners earned an additional $2,700 on average?


Visit for more information and to enroll your horse today!


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International Hunter Derby Championship
August 13-15, 2015IHDChamp
2014 International Hunter Derby Champion Liza Boyd aboard Brunello. Photo Credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives

The International Hunter Derby Championship is set for August 13-15, 2015, in Lexington, KY. Qualifying for the 2015 Championship ends June 1, 2015, and all entries intending to compete in the Championship must be entered no later than July 22, 2015


Every horse enrolled in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Program that earns a minimum of $500 in USHJA International Hunter Derby classes, while enrolled, at competitions starting between June 2, 2014, and June 1, 2015, is eligible to compete.

The Championship prize money topped $180,000 in 2014, and once again 80 percent of the entry fees will be added to the guaranteed $100,000 to create the total prize money purse. In addition the Derby Challenge will offer $10,000 in prize money. The more horses that enter, the higher the total prize money becomes! We're looking forward to another great year!


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Upcoming USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinics TCP2


Trainer Certification Program clinics enable USHJA members to complete the required educational element of the trainer certification process. The USHJA Trainer Certification Program is presented by Markel Insurance Company.



George Morris - Redmond, WA
Potcreek Meadow Farm

Zone 9
Karen Healey - Mason City, IA
North Iowa Events Mid States Horse Shows LLC
Zone 6
Geoff Teall - Woodside, CA
Horse Park at Woodside
Zone 10
George Morris - Temperance, MI
Hunter's Run Stables
Zone 5
Julie Winkel and Geoff Teall - Quinton, VA
Fox Pointe Farm
Zone 39/12/2015
George Morris - Birmingham, AL
Blackjack Farms
Zone 49/25/2015
George Morris - Buffalo, NY
Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center
Zone 211/6/2015
To see the complete schedule of TCP Clinics, visit 

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Sponsors & Partners Sponsors
The USHJA would like to thank the following sponsors and partners for their support of our many programs and endeavors. For more information, click the sponsor logo(s) below.
Official USHJA Sponsors
Additional USHJA Sponsors & Partners


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